Red Pepper & Satsumas Painting

red pepper satsumas fruit vegetables orange blue still-life acrylic painting

Red Pepper & Satsumas

Acrylic  28 x 23 cm / 11 x 9 ins

This painting didn’t quite make it in time for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, which finished on Wednesday. So I worked on it further today. It still needs a little tweaking, but I  wanted to recommence posting a painting a week on this blog, so here it is.

The  30 in 30 Challenge  was a great thing to do – I finished fifteen paintings, which feels like a success, since it’s fifteen more than I usually paint in January, or any month, come to that. You can see  them all at . I’m hoping to build on the momentum, and continue painting many more this year.

Thanks for visiting.

30 in 30 Challenge – Brown Eggs Painting

Brown Eggs Painting; Still Life Painting; 30 in 30 Challenge

Brown Eggs

Acrylic  (8.5 x 7.5 ins / 22 x 19 cm)

This painting has taken a long time – several days. I love drawing eggs in egg boxes – fascinating shapes and textures. But I’ve never painted them before. And it’s so difficult! I got very frustrated at not being able to make the eggs look ‘right’, then realised half-way through  that they’re organic eggs, and therefore all different sizes, not to mention shapes and colours. So a small egg in the front will look smaller than a large egg at the back, which makes perspective really tricky. And getting them to look perfectly rounded and smooth, especially when you’re working to a deadline … !  Anyway, this is the finished painting. Phew! On to something easier now.

30 in 30 Challenge – Red Peppers Painting

Red Peppers Painting; Purple Painting;

Red Peppers

20 x 17 cm/8 x 7 ins   Acrylic

The problem with  drawing food is – well, there are two problems. One is that you can’t have it for your tea until you’ve finished the painting. And the other is that, if you delay finishing the painting, and it runs on over days, then the subject gets a fatal mould and perishes. You can’t have it for your tea then, either. Gives a new meaning to ‘the Starving Artist’!

As the subject had perished, I decided to go for a stylised approach, to finish the painting. Think the result works quite well.